Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TOS Review: Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?)

When planning out our homeschool year, the thought never occurred to me to use a bible curriculum. I don't know why since my husband and I started our life together (even before we married) working with youth teaching them the about the bible. When we began homeschooling I started the boys memorizing the books of the bible and scriptures and thought that was good enough. Then I started hearing about others teaching bible class and actual curriculums as part of their daily lessons. Christian schools do it- why not homeschools too?

Who Is God? And How Can I Really Know Him? is an amazing bible curriculum designed for families. It makes a perfect homeschool curriculum. Published by Apologia, I immediately trusted that the information presented would be what I wanted my kids to learn. The lessons are straight forward, biblical and easily adaptable across a range of ages from young elementary through middle school. They even designed a sample plan for how to implement the lessons over a two week time period.

True to Apologia format, an important part of the curriculum is notebooking. Notebooking is basically writing what you have learned from a lesson in a notebook. It allows the student to put in their own words what they heard in the lesson and allows the teacher to see what information was retained. It is also great for looking back on the year to see what was discovered. We have not done a whole lot of notebooking before now and loved the format.
Written conversationally to the student, it was easy for my first graders to understand what was being taught. I love that each lesson is full of activities complete with supply list so everything needed for a lesson can be gathered easily. Another thing that was high on the thumbs-up list for our family was that students are encouraged to look up scriptures for themselves. Our boys received bibles for Christmas and are just now beginning to look passages up on their own to read as we memorize them. They loved being able to find the scriptures listed on the lessons in their own bibles and memorize the scriptures from the lessons. Hands-on activities are sprinkled throughout the lessons along (including recipes which are always a big hit in our homeschool!) Vocabulary words are in bold throughout the lessons with the definitions and descriptions following.

There are plenty of questions listed throughout each lesson which really appealed to Farm Boy since he asks questions from the time he wakes until after he is in the bed (and sometimes in the middle of the night!!) The questions challenged us to think about what was being asked and elaborated on the topic as we went deeper into the subject matter.

The table of contents and my favorite, a sample lesson (straight from the book!!) are available on the website if you would like to take a peak inside! Sign up for their free monthly newsletter which includes lesson plans and samples and even a chance to win a free online course for the 2011-2012 school year.

Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?)
Apologia Press
Hardback, $39.00

Legal Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew I received Who Is God And Can I Really know Him? free of charge from Apologia for the purpose of review and exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed your review. We liked this one too. I am now following you on GFC and FB too. Blessings. ;)


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